100 Bible Verses about Criticism

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV / 2,467 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

James 4:11-12 ESV / 2,057 helpful votes

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

James 1:19-20 ESV / 1,647 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 1,560 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 1,498 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Romans 14:4 ESV / 1,465 helpful votes

Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 1,379 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 1,323 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

2 Timothy 2:24-25 ESV / 1,283 helpful votes

And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Proverbs 15:31 ESV / 1,281 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Hebrews 10:24 ESV / 1,075 helpful votes

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 1,046 helpful votes

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 983 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV / 962 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV / 946 helpful votes

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 919 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 902 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Galatians 5:15 ESV / 879 helpful votes

But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Romans 12:19 ESV / 877 helpful votes

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 874 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 9:8 ESV / 861 helpful votes

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 ESV / 859 helpful votes

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.

Job 38:2-3 ESV / 846 helpful votes

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 843 helpful votes

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Mark 16:1-20 ESV / 838 helpful votes

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. ...

Matthew 7:1 ESV / 834 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

Luke 6:37-38 ESV / 830 helpful votes

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 829 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 823 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

James 2:13 ESV / 823 helpful votes

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Romans 2:1 ESV / 818 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

Acts 7:51 ESV / 812 helpful votes

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.

Revelation 3:15-16 ESV / 809 helpful votes

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 806 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

Matthew 7:2 ESV / 789 helpful votes

For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 778 helpful votes

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV / 777 helpful votes

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

John 8:7 ESV / 767 helpful votes

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Romans 14:10 ESV / 765 helpful votes

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;

Proverbs 9:8-9 ESV / 738 helpful votes

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 729 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

3 John 1:9-10 ESV / 726 helpful votes

I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 714 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 698 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV / 680 helpful votes

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 676 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 672 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 671 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 15:1-2 ESV / 656 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

2 Corinthians 10:10 ESV / 651 helpful votes

For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.”

James 5:16 ESV / 632 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 623 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 619 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 612 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Romans 14:13 ESV / 607 helpful votes

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

Amos 3:3 ESV / 606 helpful votes

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?

Proverbs 15:32 ESV / 604 helpful votes

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 604 helpful votes

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Romans 8:1 ESV / 596 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 23:24 ESV / 595 helpful votes

You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV / 590 helpful votes

Let all that you do be done in love.

Luke 17:3 ESV / 557 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

Romans 6:23 ESV / 540 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 535 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Colossians 3:13 ESV / 523 helpful votes

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 491 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV / 491 helpful votes

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

Proverbs 27:9 ESV / 487 helpful votes

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

Philippians 2:1-11 ESV / 481 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ...

Matthew 7:1-2 ESV / 476 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 468 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Matthew 10:8 ESV / 468 helpful votes

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Romans 2:1-4 ESV / 445 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

2 Kings 2:23-24 ESV / 441 helpful votes

He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

Proverbs 22:10 ESV / 432 helpful votes

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

Hebrews 10:25 ESV / 415 helpful votes

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 385 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 321 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 287 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 277 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Proverbs 15:31-32 ESV / 250 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Matthew 7:3-5 ESV / 249 helpful votes

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 227 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

1 Peter 2:23 ESV / 212 helpful votes

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

James 5:9 ESV / 212 helpful votes

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.

Matthew 4:2 ESV / 200 helpful votes

And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 196 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 12:3 ESV / 190 helpful votes

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 174 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 174 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

John 7:24 ESV / 172 helpful votes

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

John 3:16 ESV / 170 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 167 helpful votes

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 166 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Romans 3:23 ESV / 156 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Matthew 16:18 ESV / 125 helpful votes

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

John 14:6 ESV / 107 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Proverbs 14:1-35 ESV / 107 helpful votes

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them. Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. ...

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 104 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 104 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

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